Apr 10, 2012

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantasky

Book Description:

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules; especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen's love just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

Christina's BookReview
Anyone that knows me knows that I like the whole Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story so without a doubt I was intrigued with this book. After reading I had to say that it was as interesting as I thought it would be. I loved how the author took the original story and tried to stay pretty close to it.

The story is told in both Jill Jekel (descendant of Dr. Jekyll) and Tristan Hyde (descendant of Mr. Hyde) perspectives. Jill is your typical goody goody girl and in some parts was annoying. Tristan was the “bad” guy who didn’t want to be that. I found myself really liking every part that Tristan was in and definitely thought that he was much more interesting then Jill.

The premise of the story is: Jill needs to win a competition in order to have money to go to college, Tristan is the perfect partner because of the Hyde and Jekel name, Tristan opposes but then get a dose of reality when he finally accepts the truth about himself, the two work together to help Tristan which in turn helps Jill. If only it were that simple. During their story we also learn about the evils that are within feet’s of them.

If you love or are fascinated with the Jekyll/Hyde story then you will enjoy reading this book. It is a whole new modern twist to the story we have read.

The only reason this book was a 4 star instead of 5 was because Jill annoyed me in most parts and because we never fully get the details of the big ending.

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